Friday, January 27, 2006

Wine Snobs Rejoice!

I know there are a few of you out there. You know how to taste wine and describe it in all the right terms. You have tasting parties and rate different varietals. You know when to have a Riesling and when to have a Chardonnay. You probably even think the bumper sticker "Life is a Cabernet" is funny. (Actually, I think that one is pretty funny myself.) Well, it's time to take it to the next level. Enter Crush Pad. They are a professional winery that lets individuals and groups come in and make their own wine in their facilities. This is a very high end operation. There are 30 wine making decisions you have control over during the process, but don't fret. You have access to a professional winemaker for consultation. Some of the questions you'll be answering are: What varietal do you want to make? Do you want to keep the free run juice separate from the press wine? Do you want to allow, encourage or block the malolactic fermentation? When all is said and done, you'll have 25 cases of wine with your own custom designed label. It'll run you between $13 and $23 a bottle, or about four to six grand. That's a pretty high price to pay to have Pat say "This tastes like ass!", but it might just be worth it.

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